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Published on December 7th, 2015 | by Gerry Galipault

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The Grammy Nominees Are …


Here are your nominations for the 2016 Grammy Awards. The winners will be announced Feb. 15 (8 p.m. on CBS).

Album of the Year

“Sound & Color,” Alabama Shakes
“To Pimp a Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar
“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton
“1989,” Taylor Swift
“Beauty Behind the Madness,” The Weeknd

Best New Artist

Courtney Barnett
James Bay
Sam Hunt
Tori Kelly
Meghan Trainor

Record of the Year

“Really Love,” D’Angelo and The Vanguard
“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd

Song of the Year

“Alright,” Kendrick Lamar (songwriters: Kendrick Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears & Pharrell Williams)
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift (songwriters: Taylor Swift, Max Martin & Shellback)
“Girl Crush,” Little Big Town (songwriters: Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna & Liz Rose)
“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth (songwriters: Andrew Cedar, Justin Franke, Charles Puth & Cameron Thomaz)
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran (songwriters: Ed Sheeran and Amy Wadge)

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

“Ship To Wreck,” Florence + The Machine
“Sugar,” Maroon 5
“Uptown Funk,” Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
“Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift feat. Kendrick Lamar
“See You Again,” Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Heartbeat Song,” Kelly Clarkson
“Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Goulding
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd

Best Rap Album

“2014 Forest Hills Drive,” J. Cole
“Compton,” Dr. Dre
“If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” Drake
“To Pimp a Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar
“The Pinkprint,” Nicki Minaj

Best Country Album

“Montevallo,” Sam Hunt
“Pain Killer,” Little Big Town
“The Blade,” Ashley Monroe
“Pageant Material,” Kacey Musgraves
“Traveller,” Chris Stapleton

Best Rock Album

“Chaos and the Calm,” James Bay
“Kintsugi,” Death Cab For Cutie
“Mister Asylum,” Highly Suspect
“Drones,” Muse
“.5: The Gray Chapter,” Slipknot

Best Dance Recording

“We’re All We Need,” Above & Beyond feat. Zoë Johnston
“Go,” The Chemical Brothers
“Never Catch Me,” Flying Lotus feat. Kendrick Lamar
“Runaway (U & I),” Galantis
“Where Are Ü Now,” Skrillex and Diplo With Justin Bieber

Best Pop Solo Performance

“Heartbeat Song,” Kelly Clarkson
“Love Me Like You Do,” Ellie Goulding
“Thinking Out Loud,” Ed Sheeran
“Blank Space,” Taylor Swift
“Can’t Feel My Face,” The Weeknd

Best Pop Vocal Album

“Piece By Piece,” Kelly Clarkson
“How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful,” Florence + The Machine
“Uptown Special,” Mark Ronson
“1989,” Taylor Swift
“Before This World,” James Taylor

Best Alternative Music Album

“Sound & Color,” Alabama Shakes
“Vulnicura,” Björk
“The Waterfall,” My Morning Jacket
“Currents,” Tame Impala
“Star Wars,” Wilco

Best Jazz Instrumental Album

“My Favorite Things,” Joey Alexander
“Breathless,” Terence Blanchard Featuring The E-Collective
“Covered: Recorded Live At Capitol Studios,” Robert Glasper & The Robert Glasper Trio
“Beautiful Life,” Jimmy Greene
“Past Present,” John Scofield

Best Contemporary Christian Music Album

“Whatever the Road,” Jason Crabb
“How Can It Be,” Lauren Daigle
“Saints and Sinners,” Matt Maher
“This Is Not a Test,” TobyMac
“Love Ran Red,” Chris Tomlin

Best Americana Album

“The Firewatcher’s Daughter,” Brandi Carlile
“The Traveling Kind,” Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell
“Something More Than Free,” Jason Isbell
“Mono,” The Mavericks
“The Phosphorescent Blues,” Punch Brothers


See the complete list at Grammy.com.

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